Former Gaddafi number two flees Tripoli: Rebels

Abdessalam Jalloud was a member of the hard core of officers who grabbed power with Gaddafi in 1969.

Benghazi: Former Libyan prime minister Abdessalam Jalloud, who fell out of favour with Muammar Gaddafi in the mid-nineties, has fled Tripoli to rebel-held
territory, rebel sources said.

"He has left Tripoli. He has joined the rebels. For
security reasons, we can`t disclose his exact location for the
moment," rebel military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Omar Bani told
a news agency.

"Commander Jalloud has managed to flee Tripoli with his family and arrived Friday in the town of Zintan," located in rebel-held territory southwest of the capital, another senior rebel said on condition of anonymity.

Rebel television channel Libya Awalam quoted Jalloud on its news ticker as saying: "Gaddafi`s regime is finished."

Jalloud was a member of the hard core of officers who grabbed power with Gaddafi in 1969 and was long considered the regime`s second-in-command before being gradually sidelined in the nineties.

He was prime minister from 1972 to 1977.

Following his dispute with Gaddafi, he had retired from politics altogether and lived under virtual house arrest.

Jalloud is from the influential Megarha clan and has remained a popular figure in Libya.

PTI

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